Report: NBA planning players-only 2K tournament broadcast on ESPN

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Starting to feel the effects after nearly three weeks without live sports? The NBA and ESPN are reportedly teaming up to offer a solution.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the NBA is planning a players-only 2K tournament to be broadcast on ESPN this Friday, April 3.

Though the league is still reportedly finalizing the details of the tourney, Haynes wrote the showcase could include some "big-name players." So far Haynes has reported Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond as entrants in the 16-player field.

That begs the question: Could Zach LaVine be one of them?

Who knows! But some signs point to it being a possibility. LaVine, after all, has participated in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tournaments hosted by SLAM two weeks in a row, and told Sam Smith of Bulls.com (in a feature published Monday morning) that he's currently exploring starting his own Twitch channel.

"I play a lot of video games and obviously the big thing now is people are getting into the video game community. I'm starting to do that as well," LaVine told Smith. "I'm creating my own Twitch account because I play video games so much, anyway, and I have a pretty big following with that."

If LaVine does get and accept an invite, it would certainly make for an entertaining distraction for Bulls fans. Either way, this is must-watch television.

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Report: NBA planning players-only 2K tournament broadcast on ESPN originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago